Showcase cop drama King not renewed

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Showcase channel-owner Shaw Media has made it official: Toronto cop drama King has not been renewed.

“While we are very proud of the first and second season of King, we have decided not to pursue a third season,” a Shaw spokesperson told Playback Daily. She declined to say why the program was ended.

Unofficial reports of the show’s cancellation first appeared on Twitter late last week.

A home-grown cop drama set in Toronto, King was anchored to the character Jessica King, played by Amy Price-Francis (pictured), and aired on Showcase and Global in Canada.

Key cast members included Alan Van Sprang, Gabriel Hogan and Tony Nardi.

It was co-created and executive produced by Bernard Zukerman and Greg Spottiswood.

Spottiswood, of Dynamic Films, said in an email: “We made two seasons of a show that we are very proud of. Two seasons of great performances lead by the amazing Price-Francis. It’s a really good show,  I’m very disappointed that it ended so soon, who wouldn’t be? But I’m also very grateful as a showrunner, to have worked closely with Zukerman again, and with such a talented team. In the meantime, King sold to 75 countries around the world.”

The show’s international distributor Beta Film GmbH, Spottiswood said, “were thrilled with what we delivered. [I'm] Proud of that too.”

He added: “I should also say in all sincerity that I enjoyed working with Showcase. They supported the show creatively from day one and helped to make it better.”

Price-Francis picked up an ACTRA Toronto award for best female performance for her work on the drama (in the episode “Lori Gilbert”) in February.

In May of last year Playback Daily reported that it had been sold to French broadcaster M6 and Astral specialty channel Séries+.

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